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I READ about The Star’s Football Awards for professionals but felt it important to draw your attention to the recent award that was bestowed on Sue Beeley, who is head of the United Initiative and an employee of Sheffield United FC.

Most professional footballers get involved in club activities when young through football in the community programmes and initiatives. Future football stars may very well be among those currently engaged and nurtured through these grassroots projects.

The award given to Ms Beeley marked Sheffield Council’s official recognition for her outstanding work and contributions to citizenship, community development, education, sporting excellence and social inclusion. As a community member from the Woodthorpe Estate, I and many others throughout Sheffield know only too well of Ms Beeley and the work of the United Initiative.

Young people from our communities have benefited immensely from this.

The initiative is now reaching into other marginalised and disadvantaged communities where people have told us of its fantastic work and of how Ms Beeley, her team, the council, schools, police, the TARA and other important partners are giving hope and inclusion to those of the Westfield area who otherwise would have not have been able to afford the opportunities to make their lives better.

Simon Barnett, Woodthorpe Road, S13